guess who’s gonna be an ex-pat again?!

i’ve got some big big news to share with y’all! i’ve been dying to tell you, but sometimes you just have to wait to share what’s on your heart. it’s been hard to stay quiet about it, but you just gotta wait until everything falls into place. but, now the wait is over. now is the perfect time… finally! so, here goes!

lina and i are moving to uppsala, sweden!

ok. here’s how things went down.

my love + i began talking about our future (as we do all the time) and wondering what would come next. when we realized that it just might be possible for lina to begin working as a graphic designer way earlier than we anticipated. this happened months + months ago. suddenly, we found ourselves pursing this thought seriously, while at the same time, weighing all of the pros + cons of living in the states and living in sweden.

in any case, while we were pondering all of these pros and cons, including access to travel the world (waaaaay easier in sweden), amounst of salaries + freedom to live and grow our own business, vacation times, family rights, health care… all of the signs led us to know that, in order to live the life that we want, it is much more beneficial to live in sweden. at the same time, there is no place in sweden that feels exactly like asheville – a place where our hearts beat a little faster. still, the lifestyle in sweden – cozy, outdoorsy, simpler, intentional, and fika-filled! – is one that we love too! tough decision to know where to live? hell yeah.

but, things rolled on with lina and a potential job, and very recently she was offered a job as a graphic designer – doing exactly what she wants to do! amazing! i, of course, can write + take photos anywhere, so that’s exactly what i am going to do. once again, we have dreams + goals and we intend to do nothing less than listen to our souls and follow them.

lina and liz my love me

it feels so amazing to know that we are moving back to sweden, and it feels so heartbreaking to know that we are leaving asheville behind. but, this is the life of an international married couple. a huge blessing + a bittersweet curse. however, with our work, we will be much more mobile (work + vacation times in sweden rock the socks off of american work + vacation times), so the opportunity for long-term travel will be a huge part of our sweden-based life. for instance, americans, we will be able to spend lots of time here + the goal is to buy a tiny place in and around asheville in the future.

this move feels very different than my last move to sweden 4 years ago. ii already have a permanent residence permit for sweden, so i am welcome to move back without any paperwork or anything, just as lina can move back. we just have to do a change of address at the government offices. how amazing is that? plus, i already have a place in society, with our family, friends, and the biggest of all… i speak swedish!

we are leaving asheville in less than two months, so there is not much time left before the big move. we are in the midst of juggling balancing life int he present moment here – enjoying every single thing and every single minute, and making all of the necessary preparations for another move across the ocean – whew. so, in the height of all of the cozy holiday season here in asheville, we are also getting moving quotes, looking for a place to live in uppsala, and terminating all of our business here. it’s freaking crazy. but, i think we thrive on this kind of stuff.

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my heart is filled with excitement + sadness, joy + pain. but, i know, with all of my soul that this is right. and i cannot believe the opportunities that lay ahead for us both! be sure to follow along here… the next few months will be a big mix of holiday fun, moving preparations, and lots of reflections as we make this amazing transition.

yep. i’m gonna pack up my american things and head back out to be an ex-pat once again! let the adventures begin!

light + love

a little weekend reminder to wake up {to life!}

bed-wake-up-cozy

light + love xx

quotes to pack in your bag

remember my mediation monday post earlier this week? and how i told you that for this week, i’d be focusing on the native american idea of a vision quest? well, it turns out that my 3 week meditation series that i am doing (found here) is also focusing on learning what my desires and intentions are… then letting the universe guide me in making those visions + dreams come true. sooooo amazing.

so, what i thought i’d be doing this week was making lists, creating collages, gathering photos + quotes all about the things that i love. you know, practical things. i thought i’d be focusing on creating a picture of who i am + what is important to me/what i want out of life.

but, that hasn’t happened at all. instead, all i’ve done is just be. but, i’ve been aware and alert. and i’ve let my soul lead me in the decisions that i make. i’ve worked hard at being present in the moment, and all of this has become my vision quest this week so far.

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now, let me be clear: this vision quest that i am on, and that i am inviting you to ponder over too in your own life, is not about trying to figure out what i am supposed to do with my life next. that is a futile activity. because it’s not about doing at all. it is about being – being in contact with our souls + listening to those passions that bubble up from within. reading the signs. and then letting it go… surrendering the outcome of our dreams + wishes, trusting that we will know what to do next. because there is some doing involved – that is when the universe and our souls begin to manifest our dreams.

basically, it’s like this: we quiet our selves. listen to our souls. feel our passions. connect with our true, authentic selves. and then, have confidence that, come what may, we will be following our true path, living out our vision and our dreams – which makes a difference in our lives + the lives of others + and, in fact, the whole entire world. it really is that easy.

this vision quest, is simply a quest to discover and remain true to ourselves. and it is a quest that we can take over + over again in life, making sure that we stay connected to our souls.

so, to inspire us, as we walk on our own individual vision quest journeys, i’ve come across some quotes that speak to my soul and push me forward, giving me that kick in the ass that i need and reminding me to trust, trust, breathe, and trust.

and boy do i need reminding… but, why do i get so scared? why do i have a hard time trusting? i am pretty sure that it is because my dreams scare me… they seem crazy. impossible. selfish. but, you know what? anything is possible. and the potential for possibilities is unbelievably amazing when we are true to ourselves.

these quotes are ones to pack in our bags + carry with us as we journey on our vision quests, discovering our personal legends and letting our life unfold to helps reach our dreams… enjoy!

“Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart.” — Rumi
“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bounds. Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.” — Patanjali
“I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.” — Steve Jobs
“The things you are passionate about are not random. They are your calling.” — Fabienne Fredrickson
“I think people who are creative are the luckiest people on earth. I know that there are no shortcuts, but you must keep your faith in something Greater than You, and keep doing what you love. Do what you love, and you will find the way to get it out to the world.” — Judy Collins
“The secret of joy in work is contained in one word — excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.” — Pearl S. Buck
“The people who make it to the top — whether they’re musicians, or great chefs, or corporate honchos — are addicted to their calling … [they] are the ones who’d be doing whatever it is they love, even if they weren’t being paid.” — Quincy Jones
“Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it. ” — Buddha

be yourself

love + light. xx